No fortunate person through life in anticipation of being the victim of a crime. However, crime in all its ugly forms exists, whether we like it or not. As a homeowner, you’re one of millions who stand at least some risk of being burgled. While TVs, jewellery and other material items can be replaced fairly easily, a sense of security and ease is a different matter. Obviously, you don’t want to be a victim of this terrible crime, so here’s some of the best advice available for minimizing the risk of your house being burgled.
Get a Dog
If you’re an animal lover but your spouse isn’t, then home security could be the perfect excuse for getting a dog. While modern alarm systems and do it yourself home security products are certainly effective in their own way, there’s very little which will scare a burglar off quite like a fully-grown Rottweiler! Ask any cop or home insurance adjuster, and they’ll tell you that dogs are among the most effective anti-burglar measures you can have in a home. Experienced burglars will know how to work around modern alarm systems, and even the clumsier ones will risk tripping them if they think they can get away in time. However, very few burglars will risk being attacked by a well-built dog!
If you’re into gardening, then this may be the tip to start with! While gardening is a wonderful way to pass the time and get our homes looking just the way we want, it’s pretty rare that people think of it as a way to protect their homes from burglary! However, there are various things you can do to the green patch around your house which will make it a less tempting prospect to would-be burglars. For example, growing thorny rose bushes underneath your windows will effectively block off that point of entry to any opportunistic thieves who are passing by. Furthermore, keeping your bushes and hedgerows trimmed as low as possible will act as a pretty good deterrent. Bushes and hedges are often used by burglars to scope out a potential target.
Don’t Display Your Valuables
Burglars, like many kinds of criminals, are largely opportunists. They won’t spend months of planning in order to pull off the perfect heist, despite what the movies would have you believe. If they’re passing by and happen to see a home that looks like it’s worth stealing from, then they’ll make a snap decision. Take a moment to think about what your home looks like from the sidewalk, and try to put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. Is your 50-inch concave TV visible to everyone? What about that big framed painting in your living room, games consoles, tablets, and anything else that could be sold on to a fence? I know we should all feel safe and relaxed in our homes, but if you’re being totally blasé about leaving your valuables out, you’re just inviting burglars to window-shop, literally! If there’s any way of re-arranging your rooms so that it’s harder to see your valuables from outside, then do it. Alternatively, you could get some privacy curtains, which will let light in through the windows but stop people from seeing in. If a burglar has no way of gauging the potential loot in a house, they’ll be far less likely to break in.
Install Reliable Deadbolts
It may be hard to believe, but a lot of burglars go right through the front door, rather than trying anything more subversive and subtle. With this in mind, investing in a more secure front door can be a very smart move. If you live in an older home, and the lock on your front door is a rickety, then consider replacing it with a more updated model. As you can imagine, more seasoned burglars are pretty familiar with models of locks, and will think twice about trying their luck with one that’s on the tougher end of the range. If you really want to keep them at bay, then consider getting a double key deadbolt. These not only require a key to enter the home, but also to get out again. Of course, these can be dangerous if and when you need to get out of the house in a hurry, in the case of a fire for instance. However, it will also mean that if an intruder does get in, it will be extremely hard for them to get out again with any of your valuables.